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Having enjoyed huge success with their adaptations of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus, the National Geographic Channel is now set to adapt Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Reagan, with Tim Matheson (The West Wing) signing on to portray President Ronald Reagan alongside Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) as First Lady Nancy Reagan.
“We wanted to get somebody in both roles who, No. 1 had a lot of experience, because these aren’t easy roles,” states O’Reilly in an interview with Deadline. “They aren’t caricature roles. Matheson and Nixon are accomplished, and they’ve played a lot of roles, but they’re also not strongly identified with any one role.”
Rod Lurie (The Contender, Commander in Chief) is directing the adaptation, which will tell of John Hinckley’s failed 1981 assassination attempt on the newly-elected Reagan and how it impacted his time in office.
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- Gary Collinson
Through long, varied, and successful careers in show business, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott have done a little bit of everything. She was one of the world's biggest movie stars in the '80s thanks to films like An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment, but she also played Wonder Girl on the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series, did stand-up comedy at the start of her career, and was one of the final patients on HBO's In Treatment. Elliott was a late-period castmember on the Mission: Impossible TV show, has played dozens of heavies and heroes in the movies, and even turned up clean-shaven on the final season of Justified. Starting Friday, though, you'll get to see them do something they've never done before: act in a traditional multi-cam sitcom, shot on a stage in front of a studio audience. In Netflix's The Ranch(*), they play an estranged »
- Alan Sepinwall
This piece by Rod Lurie, a member of the Academy's directors branch who is best known for The Contender, is part of an ongoing series of guest columns by Academy members about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy's response to it. What the Academy is doing, in aiming to double the number of minorities and women in its membership by 2020, is righteous and proper. We simply have to get the organization not to reflect what Hollywood is, but what it should be: a place for minorities to thrive in non-niche roles; to write and direct and photograph in far
- Rod Lurie
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